Released November 2018
Below are some of the latest whisky releases to hit the online shelves for November 2018. Visit the Whisky Boys online shop today for a vast selection from Sigantory’s 30th Anniversary bottlings, these include a Bowmore 1972, Bunnahabhain 1978, Craigduff 1973, Mosstowie 1973 and a Port Ellen 1982.
7th November 2018
Bottled in 1991 in a limited edition of just 500 bottles, this whisky came from a batch of nine casks laid down in the 1930s (one cask was laid down for each of William Grant's nine children, who had helped to build Glenfiddich distillery in the 1880s). The whisky itself is one of the most amazing 50 year old whiskies ever to be released from any distillery and we actually like it more than the current version. It has an elegant, complex palate of subtle dried fruit flavours all beautifully balanced with wood spice, absolutely stunning !!
Please note that this is an old bottle and the closure may have deteriorated; care should be taken when opening the bottle. As such, the item is sold as described.
A mystery Orkney from indie bottlers A.D. Rattray, this limited edition was matured for 18 years in ex-bourbon casks for a fresh, slightly spicy whisky full of orchard fruit flavours balanced wonderfully with distinctive coastal notes of brine, and a light wisp of smoke.
6th November 2018
The Mitchell's Spot whiskeys have always had an affinity for wine, and this Green Spot shows that off even further. Rich and spicy triple-distilled pot-still whiskey from Midleton is initially aged in bourbon and sherry casks before being finished for 12 months in casks that used to hold rich red Zinfandel wine from the famed Chateau Montelena in California's Napa Valley. Montelena was bought by Irishman Jim Barrett in the 1970s, and this release celebrates the shared heritage of his wine and Midleton's fine whiskey. It's rich and spicy, with layers of marzipan and toasted oak on top of the pot-still fruit and weightiness.
Kilchoman's special yearly releases are always popular and for good reason – the distillers know how to choose great casks. This 2018 Sauternes release is a vatting of just 30 casks, matured first in ex-bourbon casks before a five-month finish in fresh Sauternes hogsheads. Those five months layered even more toffee, vanilla and caramel on top of the bourbon-matured spirit, creating a rich, sweet and complex dram, with big Kilchoman smoke and citrus.
A lightly-peated single malt from the Scottish mainland's northernmost whisky distillery, Morven puts a gently smoky spin on Wolfburn's fresh, fruity style. There are briny notes and a hint of honey here, too – a characterful and thoroughly tasty dram.
The inaugural release from Mossburn's Vintage Casks range – a 2007 Linkwood. This is a pure insight into Linkwood's distillery character, with the small batch wholly matured in hogsheads before bottling in November 2017 at ten years old.
5th November 2018
The fourth entry in Mossburn's Vintage Casks range, a 10 year old Teaninich. A very interesting distillery, one of the handful in the world using a mash filter rather than a mashtun, resulting in a very clear wort and grassy spirit. All distilled in 2007, this small batch was matured in butts and bottled at cask strength in November 2017.
A colossal Mortlach from Adelphi – distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2018 at 25 years old. It's a whisky that's already got an excellent reputation, carefully balancing sweet and savoury elements as well as Mortlach's famously rich and meaty spirit.
A very-limited edition from Tomatin: a bottling of the distillery's smoky Cu Bocan spirit distilled in 1990 – there are only 1400 bottles available worldwide. The smokiness is well-balanced against the distillery's traditionally fruity character, adding in spiciness as well as rich peat smoke. A treat from one of Speyside's hidden gems.
A fresh and airy Tomatin bottled as the third instalment in the 'Bourbon' segment of Gordon & MacPhail's Discovery series, which curates and colour-codes whiskies to guide people through three of Scotch whisky tasting's primary pillars: 'Sherry,' 'Bourbon' and 'Smoky'. This bottle showcases the best that ex-bourbon maturation has to offer, with heaps of fresh fruit, oaky vanilla and a touch of cocoa bitterness.
A second entry in Johnnie Walker's Ghost & Rare series, focusing on the distillery character and spirit from closed Port Ellen on Islay. Not well known during its lifetime, since its closure in 1983, Port Ellen has risen in stature to become one of the world's most sought-after single malts. This Johnnie Walker Blue Label release brings together Port Ellen with grain whiskies from closed Carsebridge and Caledonian distilleries, as well as rare malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban. The result is definitely tinged with the taste of Port Ellen – smoky lemons and chamois leather – with soft spice and sweet fruit.
4th November 2018
12-year-old Laphroaig, bottled for Highgrove House, the private residence of the Prince of Wales. Charles is a big Laphroaig fan, and his official bottlings are always from the distillery. Bottled at 12 years old, this is down the line Laphroaig, with medicinal smoke, ash and a fruity backbone. Excellent stuff.
An intensely flavoured 16 year old from Laphroaig, bottled specially for The Whisky Show 2015. The angels took a huge share of this cask, concentrating its flavours – expect a big hit of medicinal coastal notes and loads of fruit.
A 1991 vintage Littlemill from independent bottler Gordon & Company as part of the Pearls of Scotland range. It was distilled in January and bottled in June 2016 at 25 years of age.
An ancient relic from Mannochmore’s distant past, this 37-year-old is an exotic beast with aromas of hot spice, black pepper and candied zest. The palate is considerably more mellow; the spice remains but is softened by citrus fruits and honeysuckle – summer blooms in a kitchen garden leading through a long finish full of spiced fruit cake and toasted almond. Don’t pass this up.
A Port Ellen bottled for the Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old range. Every time we see one of these we wonder how many casks G&M have left, but they still seem to have enough stock to turn out these excellent drams from time to time. Distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2016, it's a straight down the line Port Ellen, balancing the smoke, fruit and maritime character that this long-lost distillery is famous for.
1st November 2018
A very special bottling of Bladnoch, selected by Signatory Vintage as part of the range of whiskies released for its 30th birthday. This is a particularly rare whisky, having been distilled just a few months before the distillery's 1993 mothballing – one of the final runs. It's very much old-school Bladnoch, with loads of fruit balanced by a classic lowland grassiness.
The most anticipated of Signatory Vintage's 30th Anniversary range, this 1982-vintage Port Ellen lives up to they hype. Distilled on 2 September 1982 and bottled after 35 years in a refill sherry butt on 31 July 2018. The sherry cask may be a refill, but it's made itself known in the whisky, with rich bramble fruit emphasising the distillery's tarry smoke and citrusy character. Perfectly balanced.
A 27-year-old Ben Nevis single malt, bottled by Signatory Vintage for its range of extra-special 30th Anniversary whiskies. This sherry-matured Ben Nevis is a bit different to most, as its cask was previously filled with dry Fino sherry, rather than rich and oxidised oloroso. The resulting whisky is rich and toffeed, veering towards tropical fruit and rummy sweetness – something a bit special for Signatory's birthday.
1970s Bowmore is a thing of wonder – the closing years of a chapter of whisky history, with the distillery producing hugely tropical drams, rich with fruit. This 1972 vintage is ready to join the pantheon of legendary Bowmores, bottled by Signatory Vintage for its 30th Anniversary. This has all the fruit the you'd hope for along with a whack of well-integrated smoke and medicinal peat. A masterpiece.
An exquisite Bunnahabhain bottled by Signatory Vintage in honour of the company's 30th Anniversary. A standout in this range of amazing whiskies, this is old Bunna at its best: floral and fruity with a rich backbone and a hint of maritime smokiness. Distilled on 3 April 1978 and bottled on 12 June 2018 after 40 years of maturation in a single refill sherry butt.
A closed-distillery in Signatory Vintage's celebratory 30th anniversary range – a 23-year-old whisky from Caperdonich. Originally sat across the road from Glen Grant, the distillery was closed in 2002 and demolished in 2002. This 1995 vintage was matured in a refill sherry hogshead and a light touch from the cask has allowed the distillery's fruity character to shine – citrus, orchard and tropical touches.
Craigduff is a whisky with a complex history, most of which has been uncovered by Signatory Vintage, which has bottled this very special cask in honour of its 30th birthday. Originally thought to have been made at Strathisla, Craigduff more likely to have come from Glen Keith. It was an experimental peated spirit, bringing together peated malt and heavily peated water to try an produce a smoky spirit in Speyside. It's never been officially released by Chivas and Signatory have only had a few casks, including this fruity and honeyed dram.
One of the oldest Cragganmore bottlings we've – it's rare to see them break 30 years old. This whisky shows that maybe there should be more. It's packed with jammy fruit, soft spice and lots of classically malty character. This was bottled by Signatory Vintage as part of the company's impressive line-up for its 30th birthday.
Glencraig is particularly rare and an ideal candidate for Signatory Vintage's 30th Anniversary collection – a whisky made at Glenburgie distilled using Lomond stills. These hybrid stills, partway between a pot and a column, were only operation between 1958 and 1961, and the distillery's owners didn't release it for sale. This cask – a single bourbon barrel – is dense, with grassy and syrupy notes, as well as a core of sweet vanilla and fruit.
A rich and complex dram from Glenlossie, specially selected by Signatory Vintage as one of the entries in its impressive 30th Anniversary collection. This was distilled on 4 October 1984 and bottled after 33 years in a refill sherry butt on 27 July 2018. The result is a big dram filled with strawberry sweetness and balanced by coffee and nutty notes.
Glenturret is the oldest operating distillery in Scotland and a perfect candidate for inclusion in Signatory Vintage's 30th Anniversary line-up. It was distilled on 23 June 1988 and bottled on 18 July 2018 after 30 years in a single hogshead. The cask has let the distillery's fruity and spice character come to the fore, with a touch of leafy pine and grassiness.
One of a pair of Highland Parks bottled for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary range, this is the older of the two. Distilled on 16 June 1988 and bottled in 18 July 2018, it spent 30 years in single hogshead. The result is a wonderfully aromatic Highland Park, showing the uniquely-orcadian earthily-peaty tang and heathery floral notes.
Signatory Vintage is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an impressive line-up of whiskies, including this as one of a pair of well-aged Highland Parks. Distilled on 21 May 1991 and bottled on 12 June 2018, this spent its 27 years of ageing in a Palo Cortado sherry cask, giving it a more vibrant and juicy character, backed up by Highland Park's classic earthy smoke.
A 27-year-old Linkwood limited to just 233 bottles as part of a series to mark Signatory's 30th anniversary. Matured in a hogshead, Linkwood's classically-complex spirit here begins at light, fresh greenery and progresses smoothly into the realms of autumnal, sherry-fruit depth and old wood.
If Mortlach is truly 'the Beast of Dufftown,' then its ferocity here lies in its aggressive complexity and frightening delicacy. After 21 years in a refill sherry butt, this whisky – bottled as part of the series marking Signatory's 30th anniversary – is ripe with thickly-spiced citrus and smooth, malty depth.
A brilliantly buoyant Speyside from Mosstowie – the second single malt produced at Miltonduff until the early 1980s. A veritable rollercoaster of full-bodied vitality: beautifully-balanced light and dark as spicy, mature oak vies with the fresh fruit and deep malt notes at the core of this wonderful spirit.
A brand-new, limited-edition blend from Johnnie Walker inspired by Game of Thrones, this is a light and fruity whisky designed to be sipped straight from the freezer and allowed to develop as it warms. With notes of vanilla and fresh fruit, this is the perfect dram for both Game of Thrones fans and fledgling whisky enthusiasts.
Astonishing single malt from a long-gone Highland distillery, this bottle of North Brechin 36 Years Old – bottled as part of Signatory Vintage's 30th anniversary series – has spent its life in a refill sherry butt, collecting subtle oak influence without losing its soul to the wood. A sublime dram.